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ARB Newsclips for September 16, 2013. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION E.P.A. Is Expected to Set Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions by New Power Plants. Following up on President Obama’s pledge in June to address climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency plans next week to propose the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from newly built power plants. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/14/us/epa-is-expected-to-set-limits-on-greenhouse-gas-emissions-by-new-power-plants.html http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/New-US-rules-on-coal-emissions-due-this-week-4816047.php http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/obama-prepares-to-take-on-big-coal-96833.html#ixzz2f4ibOLFT http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987279/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Post to pay $2M for violations at CA cereal plant. A Central California cereal plant will have to spend more than $2 million for violating federal air quality rules. The Environmental Protection Agency says Friday that Post Holdings Inc. and Ralcorp Holdings Inc. will pay a $635,000 penalty for failing to install air pollution controls at its cereal plant in Modesto. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/13/5734853/post-to-pay-2m-for-violations.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/13/5734084/epa-fines-modesto-cereal-plant.html http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/EPA-fines-Modesto-cereal-plant-over-air-pollution-4812983.php http://www.modbee.com/2013/09/14/2920906/another-penalty-set-for-modesto.html http://www.examiner.com/article/modesto-cereal-plant-to-close-after-air-pollution-violation-settlement?cid=rss http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130914/A_NEWS/309140323&cid=sitesearch BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/sep/13/post-to-pay-2m-for-violations-at-ca-cereal-plant/#ixzz2f4dd6WjG Emissions to be monitored on major Bay Area roads. In her West Oakland home, Margaret Gordon never opens the windows facing the streets. From dawn to dusk, cars and trucks roar across the overhead stretch of Interstate 880 a few blocks away. Gordon has learned to sleep through the noise. But with her asthma, she cannot stand the exhaust fumes. "I keep that window closed," said Gordon, 66, a 20-year resident and leader of a West Oakland environmental group. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Emissions-to-be-monitored-on-major-Bay-Area-roads-4816992.php Emissions of largest corporations grow – study. The global economic recovery has produced mixed results for businesses trying to reduce their carbon footprints, according to the latest annual survey of some of the world's largest companies by the British nonprofit CDP. While overall emissions of greenhouse gases from CDP's "Global 500" have shrunk from 4.2 billion to 3.6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent since 2009…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987243/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Author warns about climate change at CA conference. Author Bill McKibben has opened a Sierra Nevada conservation conference with a call for a "coordinated, global" effort to deal with climate change. McKibben, in a keynote address at the Sierra Nevada Alliance's annual conference in South Lake Tahoe, said change being made on the local level to deal with climate change will do little good unless it's accompanied by change on a global level. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/14/5735606/author-warns-about-climate-change.html#storylink=cpy http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_24096270/author-warns-about-climate-change-at-ca-conference?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_24096270/author-warns-about-climate-change-at-ca-conference?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/09/14/3497336/author-warns-about-climate-change.html CA, Chinese officials announce climate deal. Gov. Jerry Brown and China's top climate negotiator on Friday signed the first agreement between a U.S. state and China that seeks greater cooperation on clean energy technologies and research meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The memorandum of understanding signed with China's National Development and Reform Commission was another aggressive move by California to combat climate change. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/CA-Chinese-officials-announce-climate-deal-4813079.php http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987278/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Air board has allies in diesel pollution crackdown: Truckers. Truckers want tougher enforcement and point to competitors who violate state rules to install filters or upgrade to cleaner engines. As state air pollution officials step up inspections of diesel exhaust from big rigs, some of their best allies are truckers themselves. They are pushing the Air Resources Board to enforce pollution rules more aggressively for trucks in advance of a Jan. 1 deadline. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-air-inspectors-20130916,0,6307700,print.story FUELS Wall St. Exploits Ethanol Credits, and Prices Spike. It was supposed to help clean the air, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster agriculture. But a little known market in ethanol credits has also become a hot new game on Wall Street. The federal government created the market in special credits tied to ethanol eight years ago when it required refiners to mix ethanol into gasoline or buy credits from companies that do so. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/15/business/wall-st-exploits-ethanol-credits-and-prices-spike.html?ref=earth Alaska Airlines ranked first for fuel efficiency. If reducing your carbon footprint is a priority, Alaska Airlines may be the carrier for you. In its first efficiency study, the International Council on Clean Transportation ranked the Seattle-based carrier as the nation’s most fuel-efficient major airline, followed by low-cost Spirit Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Alaska was 26% more fuel-efficient than the least efficient airline, Allegiant Air, according to the study, released last week. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-alaska-airlines-ranked-first-for-fuel-efficiency-20130913,0,6436745.story VEHICLES Ford to install electric vehicle charging stations for employees. Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday it will install charging stations at more than 50 of its U.S. and Canadian offices and plants so that employees can refill their electric vehicle batteries at work. The second-largest U.S. automaker said it will start installing the charging stations and their 200 chargers in November, at nearly every Ford facility in the United States and Canada, and roll them out through 2014. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/16/us-autos-ford-evs-idUSBRE98F01T20130916 GREEN ENERGY British energy official in U.S. to trade ideas. Energy efficiency has never been headline news, but it matters, and California is respected the world over for its pioneering advances in this field. Finding ways to make our energy go further is vital in a world of diminishing resources and increasing energy prices. I'm in California for a few days to learn what you in California, the leading low carbon state in the United States, are working on. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/British-energy-official-in-U-S-to-trade-ideas-4816788.php Salem VA Medical Center will soon use solar power. The largest solar energy project in Southwest Virginia is nearing completion at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem. On what used to be a landfill at the eastern edge of the hospital campus, 6,000 solar panels are being installed. The panels will convert sunlight into as much as 1,620 kilowatts of electricity — enough to provide about 10 percent of the power to the sprawling VA complex. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/09/14/2915360/salem-va-medical-center-will-soon.html#storylink=cpy Solar rises as a sub for nuclear option. A major question coming out of Monday’s multi-agency meeting on how Southern California will replace the 2,200 megawatts of power previously generated by the San Onofre nuclear power plant was whether it can be done with a mix of renewables, energy efficiency and transmission upgrades versus building new natural gas power plants. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130914/BUSINESS0302/309140024/Green-Desert-Solar-rises-sub-nuclear-option MISCELLANEOUS Celebrating Craig Childers: A Powerful Force for Electric Car Regulation. The electric car world lost one of its great unsung heroes on Aug. 22, when Craig Childers died at the age of 57. Childers—a rare breed of hands-on EV enthusiast, mechanical engineer, battery expert and public servant—helped develop California’s zero emissions regulation, arguably the essential catalyzing mandate that spurred the world’s automakers to produce and sell cars that run on electrons instead of hydrocarbons. Posted. http://www.plugincars.com/celebrating-craig-childers-powerful-force-electric-car-legislation-128289.html Bad year in Sacramento for environmental measures. Environmental groups were excited last week when a key bill they worked on all year came up for a final vote in Sacramento. The measure would have allowed the California Coastal Commission to fine people who illegally block public access to beaches, destroy wetlands or build homes without permits -- rather than having to take them to court. But at the last minute, eight Democrats, including three from Bay Area coastal districts…Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_24092156/bad-year-sacramento-environmental-measures?source=rss OPINIONS COLUMN-EU law unclear on integrating renewable power: Wynn. The lack of clear rules and targets for the integration of renewable power in the European Union risks slower adoption at higher cost. The 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive is responsible for driving rapid growth in the sector by setting each member state a mandatory target for producing non-fossil-fuel energy. (Chart 1) In the case of electricity, the directive also required priority grid access and integration of renewable power…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/16/column-wynn-germany-solar-idUSL5N0HC13P20130916 Bipartisan Pettiness on Climate Change. House Republicans will hold their first hearing on climate change in more than two years this week. Sadly, its focus is unlikely to be sensible strategies that are sorely needed to reduce the U.S.’s greenhouse-gas emissions, such as setting a price on carbon, but rather how existing efforts to protect the climate are too expensive. Representative Ed Whitfield, a Kentucky Republican and chairman of the Energy and Commerce…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-16/bipartisan-pettiness-on-climate-change.html Target: Natural Gas. The oil and gas fracking boom increased household disposable income by $1,200 last year as lower energy costs flowed to consumers, according to a new study from IHS Global Insight. So Americans may want to know that President Obama's nominee to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) thinks natural gas is a "dead end." That nominee is Ron Binz, and in March 2013 he spoke at an Edison Foundation panel on utilities and green technologies. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324009304579043063675186946.html?KEYWORDS=climate+change Dialing Back the Alarm on Climate Change. A forthcoming report points lowers estimates on global warming. Later this month, a long-awaited event that last happened in 2007 will recur. Like a returning comet, it will be taken to portend ominous happenings. I refer to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) "fifth assessment report," part of which will be published on Sept. 27. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324549004579067532485712464.html?KEYWORDS=global+warming Don’t blame climate change for extreme weather. Bjørn Lomborg, an adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, directs the Copenhagen Consensus Center. He is the author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” “Cool It” and, most recently, “How Much Have Global Problems Cost the World? A Scorecard From 1900 to 2050.” One of the most persistent claims in the climate debate is that global warming leads to more extreme weather. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/bjorn-lomborg-dont-blame-climate-change-for-extreme-weather/2013/09/13/4b770d48-117e-11e3-bdf6-e4fc677d94a1_print.html To Reduce Warming, Start With College Divestment. Divestment from fossil energy holdings strikes some as extreme. If that were true, it would be fitting: we are faced with an extreme problem. Consciously carrying out a destructive and irreversible type of geoengineering on the planet — which is what we are doing with carbon dioxide emissions — strikes me as being more extreme. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/16/opinion/to-reduce-warming-start-with-college-divestment.html The Green Way: How to limit your in-car pollution exposure. Now I have proof. Driving in traffic with the windows down or with the roadside air being sucked into the passenger cabin is bad for your lung health. Real bad. That’s what I’ve been telling my family for years but have felt like the boy who cried wolf. Until now. Posted. http://www.sgvtribune.com/environment-and-nature/20130914/the-green-way-how-to-limit-your-in-car-pollution-exposure California’s solution to global warming. The California Legislature passed and then-Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, also known as AB32. The law was designed to ensure total California greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2020 are no greater than GHG emissions were in 1990. Since man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are believed to cause global warming, the reduction of anthropogenic CO2 is a focus of AB32. Since passage of the law, CO2 emissions in California have declined each year. Posted. http://santamariatimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/commentary/california-s-solution-to-global-warming/article_556ab4f6-1dab-11e3-a1d0-0019bb2963f4.html Does coal mean electric cars are bad? No, it's the other way around. Coal may make electric cars dirtier to run in the short term, Voelcker writes. But, in the long term, its electric cars that help make the case for rendering coal obsolete. Every so often, electric-car skeptics will attack the idea of using grid electricity to power a car by bringing up coal. "Yeah," the argument goes, "but you're just burning coal instead of gasoline in your electric car--so how's that any better?" Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2013/0915/Does-coal-mean-electric-cars-are-bad-No-it-s-the-other-way-around/%28page%29/2 BLOGS Nissan Leaf EV ready for certified pre-owned program. Consider this week a cosmic passing of the torch. As legendary Southern California auto dealer Cal Worthington (sans his dog Spot) left this world for that great dealership in the sky, Nissan was making preparations for its all-electric Leaf to make its debut in the realm where good 'ol Cal reigned supreme: the used car lot. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/09/13/nissan-leaf-ev-ready-for-certified-pre-owned-program/ How a two-stroke engine works. Used in leaf blowers, lawn mowers, chain saws, mopeds and jet skis, the two-stroke engine is lightweight and powerful — but it's one inefficient, dirty little machine. With an upstroke and a downstroke, the engine completes one cycle of internal combustion; hence the name. Automobile engines require four strokes to complete a cycle and are much heavier because they require extra systems and components, which make them cleaner and more efficient. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/health/leafblower/index.html Bills will make it easier for Californians to buy and sell solar power. No rooftop? No yard? No problem! All Californians will be able to invest in solar and wind projects to reduce their power costs and their carbon footprints under a bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) signature. “SB 43 will allow the millions of Californians who cannot install their own solar unit, windmill…Posted. http://grist.org/news/bills-will-make-it-easier-for-californians-to-buy-and-sell-solar-power/ America warming up to new hydropower. Flooding an area with a new reservoir to produce hydropower would seldom, if ever, be a popular idea with environmentalists. But what about the thousands of existing reservoirs that serve other purposes in America — the ones that control floods, entertain boaters, and store drinking water? Funneling water from those reservoirs over newly installed turbines could be a relatively benign way of boosting zero-carbon hydroelectric power supplies. Posted. http://grist.org/news/america-warming-up-to-new-hydropower/ Ask Umbra: Which carbon-offset programs are best? Q. Dear Umbra, I know carbon offsets don’t give us a “free pass” to travel by car and plane and consume indiscriminately. However, I’d still like to offset the travel that I must do and would like to know what new or extant programs are best. Thanks for your advice. A. Dearest Heather, It must be Serious Issues Month here at Ask Umbra headquarters. First we had Fukushima, then GMO beets, then natural gas, now carbon offsets. Posted. http://grist.org/living/ask-umbra-which-carbon-offset-programs-are-best/